ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,126 feet, 71-percent full). Water temperatures high-60s to low-70s during afternoons.

May 18 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Fishing conditions are improving as the water is starting to flow out of Roosevelt Lake. Water is slowly being released for now, however, the rates will increase as the downstream demand grows for summer usage. The impact on the fishing has been that the algae in Roosevelt Lake mostly dissipated. Bass fishing conditions are being called good by local experienced anglers. The water temperature is in the mid 70s and the water clarity is slightly stained.

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LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,698 feet, 96 % full).

May 5 report from Barry Worman, moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.

“Escaping the heat early and fill the cooler with striper”

Well I know this triple-digit weather can take the wind out of an anglers’ sails but there are still some great opportunities in this late spring season. The striper are in the process of spawning or post spawn — finally — which means they will be more intrigued and aggressive to eat.

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Dec. 18 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The colder weather in Rim Country clearly has impacted the fishing. Many anglers reported a slow bite on the clear days following the recent rain and snow storms. The water temperature continues to fall in Roosevelt Lake and is now in the high 50s degrees during the warmest time of the day. In addition, the flows into the lake have returned to normal levels for this time of year for both the Salt River and Tonto Creek.

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Dec. 22 report from Warren Risberg:

Hello, anglers: Happy Holidays!

As a full time guide exclusively at Lake Pleasant I have fished December alone every other day, just about averaging 14 days thus far for this month. I can tell you from experience you do not need anything fancy to catch striped bass, channel cats, carp, flatheads and white bass other than frozen cut anchovies!

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ROOSEVELT LAKE - Good morning Rim Country Anglers,

Perfect fishing conditions were in place for Roosevelt Lake this past week. The water level rose to 48 percent full and the temperatures were in the low to mid 60s in the backs of coves. Bass are spawning in big numbers while others remain in a pre-spawn stage.

Added this week is the post-spawn fishing pattern. Spawning bass guard beds rather than feed, so as soon as the spawn ends, those bass begin to feed heavily to recover from the spawning activity. All bass reported caught this past week were in 20 feet or less of water depth and the main points that lead to spawning areas were hot spots this past week.

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BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,767 feet, 60 % full.

The lake elevation has dropped two feet during the past week. The surface water temperature last week was around 52 degrees.

The winter fishing tactics remain: fish slowly. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said that for winter fishing, fishing is decent.

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